The National Hurricane Center is issuing reports on the recently formed tropical storm Harvey. The question is if tropical storm Harvey is coming to Honduras? While predicting hurricane paths has become quite a bit more accurate, it is still an unperfected science. The answer is we do not know!
As of the 05:00 PM AST advisory, the storm is expected to track pretty much to the West. It will be skimming the north coast of Honduras Monday night and Tuesday morning. The good news is that the storm is not expected to intensify much between now and then. This means that tropical storm Harvey will have sustained winds below 65 miles an hour. The massive Nombre de Dios mountains on the Caribbean coast of mainland Honduras will disrupt the storm system.
So what should you do if tropical storm Harvey does indeed head to Honduras? First and above all, follow the instructions issued by COPECO. Copeco is the Honduras government entity in charge of issuing weather alerts and coordinating evacuations. As a tropical storm, the threat to you is low, as long as you use your common sense. Do not cross rivers and creeks even if they seem tame. Creeks can rise suddenly, and you do not want to be in a flash flood. The same for being out at sea in a boat. Stay off the sea, and plan your activities on land.
If you are a tourist in Honduras, your biggest hassle will be a disruption in transportation services. Often, in similar cases, the ports close to small and medium sized vessels. You should plan ahead of time on what to do if your ferry to the bay islands does not operate for a day or two. Airports may close for a few hours, but I would not expect much of a disruption on air travel.
Another fact that can affect you as a tourist is that it will reduce the visibility in the water. This means that diving and snorkeling conditions will not be ideal for a couple of days during the storm and after. On the bright side, I am sure that more than one bar in the Bay Islands will be hosting a storm party. So relax and have some fun while the storm passes through. Take note that power interruptions are possible. Having fresh batteries in your torch or flashlight may come in handy.
I hope that Harvey does not come our way. If it does, take care and use your common sense. Plan your activities and travel schedules accordingly. In the meantime, have some fun, as any effects from Tropical Storm Harvey are still days away from Honduras!